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Nutrition Solutions

1-nutrition-solutions-best-chicago-gym-weight-lossDon’t fall for the fads. Proper nutrition is 80% of your results! FFC is rolling out a new, comprehensive nutrition program*, designed to help you set yourself up for success both at the gym and at home. *Minimum three-month commitment. $49 per month. Members who choose to participate can look forward to:

    • One-time 60-minute consultation
    • One-time 30-minute follow-up with personalized meal plan
    • ActivTrax Nutrition Module Subscription
    • Weekly check-ins
    • Unlimited email and phone support with FFC’s registered dietitians

Click here to register.

 Keep it Real

Sometimes we forget that proper nutrition is as, if not more, important than exercise. If we want to be our healthiest, we can’t depend solely on working out. We need to remember to eat properly, get enough sleep and avoid stress, on top of staying active. That can seem like a lot to juggle, but it’s not impossible.

Did you know we dedicate an average of eight-and-a-half hours a week to eating and drinking, and only about two-and-a-half to exercising? That gives us nearly three times the opportunity to make healthy choices in the foods we put into our bodies. In the age of having anything and everything at our fingertips, we can forget that our food is raised, processed and distributed differently than it used to be. The use of chemicals and fillers in our food source has led to a surge of allergies and diseases that didn’t exist even 100 years ago.

The quality of our food, and our lives, decreases the farther we get from REAL, UNprocessed food. The average American drinks up to 38 gallons of soda per year, contributing to enough calories to gain 16 pounds.

FFC’s Registered Dietitians, Jessica Dogert, RD, LDN, CPT, and Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN, say that it’s important to keep in mind that we are meant to take in calories, and that the right food is a powerful medicine that can ease anxiety, enhance energy levels, boost immunity, help you sleep, boost brain power and heal our bodies.

One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to eat healthy is cutting down on how much they are eating. Jessica says it’s not about eating less… it’s about eating smarter. You need to remember how important it is to give your body the nutrients it needs. Carrie says another mistake people make is following a “diet” rather than trying to make a lifestyle change. Nutrition is individualized, and what works for one person may not work for everyone. There are certainly universal truths about healthy eating, but everyone’s dietary needs are inevitably different, so educating yourself should be step number one before making any drastic changes.

When it comes to fitness, you can’t hope to PR your next half marathon if all you’ve been doing is running, without paying attention to what you’ve been eating. Jessica reminds us that food can greatly enhance, and also hinder, athletic performance. Carrie reiterates that we need energy in order to sustain any sort of activity, in the gym or otherwise, and that food provides that fuel. Eating what’s right for you before a workout can give you the boost you need to push harder throughout, while eating the right foods afterward will help repair your metabolism-boosting muscles and reduce fatigue. Proper nutrition is the key to keeping us energized and healthy. Period.

Motivation to succeed is all you need! Carrie says sometimes we hit roadblocks on our way to accomplishing our goals, and that having an accountability partner allows us to check in with someone who can offer encouragement, motivation and support, helping us stay committed. Jessica says it is her passion to inspire others to fuel their bodies with real foods so they can fuel their purpose in life. Our certified, experienced, passionate dieticians want to be your sidekick in helping you reach your overall health goals, and know you will, without a doubt, feel a difference once you experience real food on a regular basis!

Jessica and Carrie, both registered dietitians (RD), want us to remember that while every RD is a nutritionist, not every nutritionist is an RD. Look for the right credentials for advice you can trust!

Guest blog by Allie Kuopus, Marketing Intern. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com and Carrie at clinke@ffc.com.


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New Arrivals

2-new-arrivals-best-chicago-gym-equipmentAt FFC, we always want to give you our best, so we’re making improvements, company-wide!

East Lakeview
FFC East Lakeview recently upgraded its Pilates Studio from 250 to 450 square feet. New pieces of equipment have been added to increase availability and programming, including four Peak Pilates Chairs with Low Handles, two Balance Body Studio Reformer with Towers and four retrofit kit towers for the current reformers.  By the end of July, the Pilates Studio will have a total of five Peak Pilates Chairs and six Balance Body Studio Reformers with Towers!

We’re also adding two Cyber Arc Trainers, proven to be gentler on your joints, and the three-in-one cross country/elliptical/stair climbing machines can burn 16% more calories than an elliptical! A refiguration of the Life Fitness Multi-Jungle will provide an additional 40 square feet of stretching and functional space!

Gold Coast
FFC Gold Coast is adding two Concept 2 Model E Rowers, which include the most advanced performance monitor for accurate rowing and heart rate data. The 20-inch high frame makes getting on and off easier for those with joint or mobility issues. Two Cyber Arc Trainers are proven to be gentler on your joints, and the three-in-one cross country/elliptical/stair climbing machines can burn 16% more calories than an elliptical! The Life Fitness Dual Adjustable Pulley gives you the freedom to move limbs independently of one another, one at a time, both at the same time, or use different weights for each limb.  It also provides users with the ideal functional training tools to help add more strength to their everyday, real-life activities. There will also be two Octane LateralX machines, which go from a vertical elliptical stepping motion to an active side-to-side motion for a functional exercise that challenges the entire body. Five Precor 835 Open Stride AMTs round out the new equipment, with their patented open stride, providing you with an infinite variety of motion planes and a stride length up to 36 inches.

Halsted Street
FFC Halsted Street will be adding a Hammer Strength HD Elite Power Rack that will allow you to perform upper body, lower body and band exercises, and features additional accessories to add variety to your training.

Lincoln Park
FFC Lincoln Park will add three Stairmaster SM5 Stepmills, which closely mimic actual stair climbing motion, allowing you to get a great cardio and lower body strength workout. There will also be four Life Fitness Integrity Cross Trainers, which offer a variety of low-impact workouts on an elliptical-like machine with adjustable resistance on the pedals and arm handles. Two Octane LateralX machines go from a vertical elliptical stepping motion to an active side-to-side motion for a functional exercise that challenges the entire body.

Union Station
FFC Union Station is adding equipment including a Hammer Strength HD Elite Power Rack that will allow you to perform upper body, lower body and band exercises, and features additional accessories to add variety to your training. There will also be two Octane LateralX machines, which go from a vertical elliptical stepping motion to an active side-to-side motion for a functional exercise that challenges the entire body. Two Cybex Arc Trainers are proven to be gentler on your joints, and the three-in-one cross country/elliptical/stair climbing machines can burn 16% more calories than an elliptical! Three Precor 835 Open Stride AMTs round out the new equipment, with their patented open stride, providing you with an infinite variety of motion planes and a stride length up to 36 inches.


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Injury Recovery and Prevention

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If you have neck pain, runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic headaches or other ailments, we can help! Speed up your recovery, prevent further injury and ease your pain with therapeutic massage. This August, purchase a 6- or 12-pack of Performance Massages and receive a Bonus Spa Punchcard with offers for 40% off any facial, a $20 credit AND 25% off a single item in the Sport Shop. See a Spa Associate for details or purchase your Performance Massage pack online today.
*Offer expires Aug. 31, 2014. May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

My Journey to 13.1

During a recent trip to Puerto Rico for my cousin’s wedding, I rolled my ankle, spraining it badly enough to keep me from dancing the Salsa and Merengue. Now, I’ve sprained an ankle before, once on a rigorous rock climb in New Hampshire, and another time while simply taking a downhill climb of a staircase at my last job.  Not adventurous, but it got the job done. This time, however, was especially deflating. It happened on my last long training run before for my first-ever half marathon, which was meant to be run in Massachusetts just nine days later. While still in the Caribbean, I followed the proper protocol for injury with inflammation, and took liberties with a couple of more enjoyable steps…..Rest, Ice, Swim in the Ocean, Compression, Elevation, Pina Colada. You get the idea. The salty air, warm ocean currents and rum drinks made up for my pain and frustration for a few days and, of course, my background as a massage therapist came in handy.

It wasn’t until nearly a week later when I returned to Chicago and visited the Ankle and Foot specialist, that the real pain set in and I received the news that I had sprained two ligaments and was most certainly not going to be running 13.1 miles that Sunday. I felt a pinch in my soul trump the pain in my ankle.  After a couple of years of turmoil, I’d finally gotten myself back to a place where I could train consistently, and had done so for several months.  Forgetting about my injury for the time it took to put that beast of a soft cast on, I thought about my journey leading up to training for this race.  The previous four years had been full of colossal life events, some exciting, some downright devastating:  Making the move from Pennsylvania to Chicago, getting engaged, getting married, honeymooning in Africa, the passing of my husband’s beloved mother, the nervous breakdown of someone very close to me, my Mom’s war with (and triumph over) Acute Myeloid Leukemia, among of host of other hurdles.  As a matter of perspective, this seemed small, yet I wasn’t ready to release the idea that all my training was for naught. I needed that run to make up for all that had gone wrong in just the last year alone.  This run was meant to be my victory lap over my tribulations! They finished my casting and I left the office saddened, disappointed and bewildered.

I spent the next few days complaining and whining to anyone who would listen, telling and retelling the story of how “my race” would not be happening and how crushing that was.  I tried to make light of it, but I was still bugged. On top of my own injury, my husband, who was also training, was suffering from Achilles pain and decided the run would not happen for him either.  Still, we elected to keep our plans to travel to Boston to watch my sister-in-law complete the run that we had all planned together.  We flew to Logan and I silently brooded in my uncomfortable Southwest seat.  Our flight was delayed and we didn’t land until almost four hours behind schedule. Ugh. Roadblocks.

Saturday the mood lightened with the presence of my curiously funny and sweet 3-year-old niece, and then dinner and drinks with an old friend, but it wasn’t until the next morning that the self-pity party disbanded.  Sunday was a beautiful New England early summer day. I was with my family. The coffee was perfectly brewed. When we got to the site, I could feel the race-day energy all around me.  In a flash, I had my moment of clarity. It wasn’t about running a half marathon. It was about the countless hours of early-morning, lunchtime and evening training runs, the cross-training, the sweating it out, and the crying it out, and now it was about supporting the several thousand others who had done the same.  I had run more than 350 miles during the few months leading up to the Newburyport Half Marathon, so what did it matter that I couldn’t run on that day? I was suddenly grateful and elated that I was able to be there, healthy and happy, to watch many others breeze through and struggle alike, with every mile,

During my recovery time, I improved my swimming and cycling skills, socialized more with friends, and dusted off and read the books that had fallen behind the pack because of my training. There was always a tiny inner voice whispering to me that if I didn’t recover faster, it would take forever to get back at it, but I quieted it as best I could, and remained patient. It took me seven weeks to run my first miles after my Isla Verde ankle sprain. I only completed two miles that first day, but over the course of several days I found my stamina and strength. That first week I ran what amounted to 13.1 miles (as accurately as my GPS would allow). My own intentional half marathon. There was no medal. No finish line. There was, however, the satisfaction of having set out on a journey, arriving at a destination, taking a deep breath, and continuing on to find new pathways and purpose.  Satisfying indeed.

Guest blog courtesy of Lisa Ellis, Regional Spa and Retail Director. Contact Lisa at lellis@ffc.com.


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Ortanic

4-ortanic-best-chicago-custom-airbrush-tanSave the Burn for Your Workout. Get A Flawless Tan Without The Sun.
When the weather, your schedule or your skin’s sensitivity does not cooperate before your date, meeting or special event, a tanned look can boost your confidence and bolster your ranking on the fun-o-meter.  Purchase an Ortanic Membership or Series this month, and we’ll give you 15% off any retail item*!  Our bronzers, tan extenders and body products ensure that your custom airbrush tan looks stellar and extends the life of your color.
*Offer expires Sept. 15, 2014.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts on retail products.  

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now.

Save Your Skin

Well we’re here — smack dab in the middle of summer.  Indeed all the things we love about summer are the very same things our skin hates!  A warm, breezy beach day, a dip in the pool, an afternoon at your BFF’s backyard barbecue are oh so much fun, but the sun is wielding its powers all the while, leaving you with damage that may not be seen until it’s too late. Think about following these simple steps to save your skin and still enjoy all of your favorite summertime activities:

Step One: Stay Hydrated
Heat, chlorine and a few martinis can take a toll on our bodies, and it reflects on our skin. Combatting the effects of summer does not need to be an extravagant ordeal. Something as simple as not drinking alcohol for a week and eating a healthy diet will make a tremendous difference to your skin. Make sure you try to stay away from sugars, salts and processed foods.  Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and, when drinking alcohol, be sure to enjoy a glass of water between cocktails to help to avoid a hangover. Your body and skin are thirsty, don’t deprive them!

Step two: Exfoliate and Moisturize
Your body has a buildup of dead skin cells from the sun and other outdoor elements. Give it a proper exfoliation for good skin turnover. This is easily done in the shower once or twice a week for both your face and body. For the body, I recommend Hempz Sugar Body Scrub Polish, since it’s gentle, yet effective.  It also smells amazing!  For the face, I have been using Derma Peel by Rhonda Allison. It’s an enzyme exfoliator and helps with deeper cell penetration for greater cell turnover. Once all those dead skin cells are gone you can nourish your skin with a great moisturizer to unveil the gorgeous skin underneath.  We all know there’s nothing like soft, silky smooth skin.

Step Three: Add a Nighttime Anti-Aging Regimen and Get Some Sleep!
Most of us are already using some type of moisturizing serum or face cream post shower. It’s time to switch it up for a month or two… or even for longer than that.  Add an anti-aging moisturizer or cream specific for nighttime to your daily regimen. Why? Because when you’re sleeping, your body is working to renew and regenerate itself. Nighttime is the best time to use any type of serums or anti-aging products. After you apply, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea and get some zzz’s.  And make sure you are getting at least six to eight hours of sleep each night. You’re welcome.  ;-)

Step Four: Protect with SPF
Just because summer is coming to an end in a few weeks, or you already have a tan, does not mean it’s time to put away the SPF. The sun’s rays are just as damaging in the colder seasons as they are in the summer time. Always include an SPF moisturizer in your daily skincare regimen. By taking the time to revitalize your skin now, you’re protecting it from future damage.

Step Five: Get a Custom Airbrush Tan!
The summer will inevitably come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your tan has to! Remember, our Ortanic tans are free of nasty smelling chemicals, and never leave you streaky or orange. So come get an Ortanic custom airbrush tan and keep your summer glow all year long!

Guest blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.


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FFC Community Events

5-community-events-best-chicago-gymCheck out what’s happening about town!

August

Laugh Factory Chicago: Month of August
Laughter is the best medicine, and it isn’t bad for your abs, either! Enter code BESTMEDICINE for an exclusive FFC offer for VIP tickets at general admission price*. That’s a $10 savings on early entry, priority seating and no waiting in line!
*Excludes charity and special events. Must be 18 years or older, tickets include a two-drink minimum.

Get a Leg Up in the Park: First and third Sunday, second and fourth Monday, August – October
Get your fitness on with art and fresh air in South Loop’s Grant Park, located on the northeast corner of State and Roosevelt. Complimentary classes are open to all and benefit Grant Park Conservancy.

Devil’s Lake Topropers: Saturday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 10
Join FFC Old Town for an overnight Weekend Toprope Anchoring Class at Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin, the premier climbing destination of the upper Midwest, from Saturday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 10. The weekend will include in-depth training in setting safe toprope anchors and climbing various sites in the park. $200 for members and non-members, not including camping fees. Contact Tom Petraitis at tpetraitis@ffc.com to sign up or for more information.

Northalsted Market Days: Saturday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 10
Stop by the FFC tent, conveniently located in front of FFC Halsted Street, and say “hi!” to our team at what is sure to be one of the hottest street festivals of the season!

Steelhead 70.3: Sunday, Aug. 10
Join FFC’s IronMonster team at Southwest Michigan’s Ironman 70.3! Sign up for the IronMan newsletter, select “IronMonsters” as your TriClub via http://ironman.com/triathlon/subscribe and you will be automatically added to the FFC IronMonster triathlon training club team roster! For more information visit http://ffc.com/ironmonster or contact endurance@ffc.com. Enjoy perks like a team tent, team dinners, photo opps and more!

Out at the Sox: Saturday, August  16
Join FFC and Equality Illinois for the Second Annual Out at the Sox game and cheer on Chicago’s White Sox as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays! The fun begins at 3:30 pm with a pre-game Tailgate Party at Crew Bar & Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, followed by the game at Cellular Field at 6:10 pm. Visit here for more information and tickets. See you there!

Bash on Wabash: Saturday, Aug. 23 – Sunday, Aug. 24
Stop by the FFC tent at the 11th annual South Loop community festival and say “hi!” to our South Loop team!

Chicago Triathlon: Sunday, Aug. 24
Join FFC’s TriMonster team on race day for VIP perks! RSVP here (click continue at the bottom of the first page). Or join FFC’s TriMonster triathlon training team so you never have to train alone!

Neighborhood Parents Network End of Summer Soccer Bash: Saturday, Aug. 30
NPN connects families with resources for navigating city parenting and offers fun and family-friendly events. Stop by Chitown Futbol between 9:30 am and Noon for face painting, raffles, soccer demonstrations and more! Watch FFC’s Zumba instructor get the kids moving from 11-11:20 am!

September

Get a Leg Up in the Park: First and third Sunday, second and fourth Monday, August – October
Get your fitness on with art and fresh air in South Loop’s Grant Park, located on the northeast corner of State and Roosevelt. Complimentary classes are open to all and benefit Grant Park Conservancy.

Storm the Stadium: Saturday, Sept. 6
Register online and use code FFC10 for a 20% discount at checkout. http://www.stormthestadium.com/
It’s the ultimate in water cooler bragging rights! Chicago’s only open-air and, easily, most challenging stair climb: close to triple the number of stairs in the Willis Tower! Survivors from the hit CBS Television reality series captain teams to the finish line. Blaring music spurs on climbers, Rocky-style. Charity Partner Program benefits Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and Special Olympics. Pictures with “Survivors” and autograph signing following the event.

IronMan Wisconsin: Sunday, Sept. 7
Are you taking on the monster of all endurance events – a full Ironman? Good! For! You! Sign up for the IronMan newsletter, select “IronMonsters” as your TriClub via http://ironman.com/triathlon/subscribe and you will be automatically added to the FFC IronMonster triathlon training club team roster! Enjoy perks like a team tent, team dinners, photo opps and more! For more information visit http://ffc.com/ironmonster or contact endurance@ffc.com.

TriRock Lake Geneva: Saturday, Sept. 13
If you haven’t already signed up, enter code FFCTRIROCK for $15 off all entries! Then join FFC’s TriMonster team on race day for VIP perks! RSVP here (click continue at the bottom of the first page). Or join FFC’s TriMonster triathlon training team so you never have to train alone!

October

Get a Leg Up in the Park: First and third Sunday, second and fourth Monday, August – October
Get your fitness on with art and fresh air in South Loop’s Grant Park, located on the northeast corner of State and Roosevelt. Complimentary classes are open to all and benefit Grant Park Conservancy.

Chicago Marathon: Sunday, Oct. 12
Did you get a spot in one of the country’s most sought-after races? Congratulations! Stop by FFC’s TriMonster team on race day for VIP perks! RSVP here (click continue at the bottom of the page).Or join FFC’s TriMonster training team so you never have to run alone!


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FFC TriClub Events

6-best-chicago-triathlon-ironman-training-clubFor perks and insights into finishing your best triathlon yet, join one of FFC’s triathlon training clubs!

TriMonster TriClub

Chicago Triathlon
Join FFC’s TriMonster triathlon training club on Chicago Triathlon race day, Sunday, Aug. 24! RSVP, free for members and non-members, at ffc.com/endurance-rsvp (click continue at the bottom of the first page). Feel free to stop by the team tent at the swim start, and join us at the finish area for VIP perks! For more details, follow us on Facebook. You can also find us at the Chicago Triathlon expo Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Contact endurance@ffc.com with questions or for more information.
TriRock Lake Geneva
This popular event provides the perfect ingredients for a memorable autumn race in the small lakeside village of Williams Bay, Wisconsin. TriRock Lake Geneva is the perfect way to end your triathlon season in the Midwest and tends to sell out, so be sure to register today! Enter code FFCTRIROCK for $15 off all types of registration.

IronMonster TriClub

Join Chicago’s most award-winning Ironman TriClub on race days and help win team competitions, prizes and awards. Free for athletes of all levels to enjoy the benefits of a team tent at events, photo opportunities, optional team dinners and more! Local races include Steelhead 70.3 and Ironman Wisconsin. Sign up for the IronMan newsletter, select “IronMonsters” as your TriClub via http://ironman.com/triathlon/subscribe and you will be automatically added to the FFC IronMonster triathlon training club team roster! For more information visit http://ffc.com/ironmonster or contact endurance@ffc.com.


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Swim Lessons

7-swim-lessons-best-chicago-gym-poolFitness Formula Clubs offers private and group classes!

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
USA Swimming and USA Triathlon certified coaches are available for one-on-one lessons to help you learn to swim, or improve your speed and endurance. All levels are eligible to participate, from beginner to advanced, including triathlon and Iron-distance trainees. Classes are available at all FFC pool locations. Contact endurance@ffc.com to schedule.

  • 60-minute class: $90 for members, $120 for non-members
  • Three packs and six packs are also available

GROUP SWIM LESSONS
Join FFC’s TriMonster endurance training staff in a group setting if you are just learning to swim or looking to improve your triathlon time. After a complimentary first lesson and optional underwater swim analysis, choose from up to 10 classes per week to fit your schedule! Classes are available at all FFC pool locations.

      • $120 per month
      • $80 per month with TriMonster Unlimited Membership
      • $60 per month for July and August Open Water Lessons only*
        *NEW! Open Water Swim Lessons: 6 pm Monday-Thursday at Ohio Street Beach!

For a complete list of classes and options, visit ffc.com/trimonster or purchase online at http://ffc.com/product-category/endurance-training/.


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FREE Injury Screenings

8-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyDo you have an injury that pops up now and again, or a persistent pain that won’t go away? Stop by one of Fitness Formula Clubs’ following locations for a complimentary injury screening, courtesy of NovaCare.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Halsted Street: 6-7:30 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 12 – West Loop: 6-7:30 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 12 – Oak Park:  6-8 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Lincoln Park: 5:30-7 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 26 – East Lakeview: 5:30-7 pm
Thursday, Aug. 28 – Union Station: 11:30 am-1 pm
Thursday, Aug. 28 – South Loop: 5:30-7 pm


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Scuba Certification

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Calling all those who have a thirst for adventure!

Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools are organizing and guiding fundamental dive training. Non-members welcome. All individuals considering enrollment must attend a complimentary orientation*. Then complete your basic skills course on Sunday, Aug. 10**.

*Orientation from 6-7:30 pm

  • Halsted Street: Tuesday, Aug. 5

  • Union Station: Wednesday, Aug. 6

  • Lincoln Park: Thursday, Aug. 7

**Basic Skills Course from 7 am – 4 pm

  • Union Station: Sunday, Aug. 10

For more information, or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick Lorenzen at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com. Additional fees apply for open water dives and equipment.

 

 


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Team Trek

1-team-trek-best-chicago-gymAre You Up for a Challenge? Join Team Trek!

Race across America with three fellow members to four separate destinations! Stay motivated this summer with the help of your team and win prizes as you get fit. For six weeks, your team’s exercises will be converted into mileage to move your game piece along our map of the United States. Clubs will display the progress of their teams on a map and prizes will be awarded at each destination reached.

The 6-week program begins Monday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31. Registration is $49 and includes a 2014 Team Trek Shirt. Participants are eligible for 10% off fitness program purchases July 14–27.

Click here to register.

For more information contact your club’s Team Trek administrator:

East Lakeview – Marissa Panzeri (mpanzeri@ffc.com)
Gold Coast – Stephanie Metzler (smetzler@ffc.com)
Halsted Street – Stacy Lane (slane@ffc.com)
Lincoln Park – Cheryl Brown (cbrown@ffc.com)
Oak Park – Mike Radice (mradice@ffc.com)
Old Town – Megan Konor (mkonor@ffc.com)
South Loop – Josh Finfrock (jfinfrock@ffc.com)
Union Station – Keith Marszalik (kmarszalik@ffc.com)
West Loop – Sarah Lund (slund@ffc.com)


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Navy Pier

3-Navy-Pier-best-chicago-yoga-zumba-gymFitness Formula Clubs, aka Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Gym, is teaming up with one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations to bring you yoga and Zumba on the Pier! Every weekend from Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, Aug. 31*, get outside and get your fitness on! Classes will be $5 for members, $10 for non-members and parking will be available for $5 with a voucher you’ll get at class.

Saturdays, 8:45 am: Yoga on the North front lawn
Sundays, 8:45 am: Zumba on the back East sundeck

Click here to register!

*Classes will NOT be held on the Air & Water Show weekend – Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17.


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Eating Seasonally, Fueling Locally

2-farmers-market-best-chicago-weight-loss-nutritionWhat if we told you there was something you could eat to fuel your body, improve your skin, aid in weight loss, and lower your risk for several chronic diseases? And that by buying it you’d be supporting your community? Well, it’s true! We’re talking about fruits and vegetables, and this time of year, your local Farmers Markets are chock-full of these nutrient-dense foods that not only offer several health benefits, but also taste fantastic. Buying local food also benefits the environment and the local economy, and promotes safer food supply practices.

What can you find in Chicago’s Farmers Markets in July? Fresh fruits available now include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries. You can also find a wide variety of vegetables, including artichokes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green onions, kale, lettuce, okra, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes and turnips.

Click here to find a Farmers Market near you! Here’s a delicious, healthy recipe you can make with the ingredients you find on your next Farmers Market excursion!

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables
Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup white wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 medium summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil.
4. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
5. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Nutritional Fact Per Serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated 2 g monounsaturated); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 3 g protein; 158 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium

Article written by FFC’s Registered Dietician Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. To contact Carrie email clinke@ffc.com.


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Cool Everyday Deals

4-Best-chicago-spa-massageYour skin has been through a lot. Your emotions have been toiled with. It was a rough winter. And it wasn’t the greatest spring. We think you deserve some high quality spa time to get you ready for what is sure to be a fun (and hopefully sun) filled summer. For the month of July, Fitness Formula Clubs is offering a spa deal every day of the week, valid until 3 pm.

Mondays: $39/30-minute massage or facial
Tuesdays: $69/60-minute massage or facial
Wednesdays: 20% of waxing services
Thursdays: $99/90-minute massage
Fridays: 20% off any single item in the Spa or Sport Shops
Weekends: $109/90-minute Vitality Signature Treatment


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5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoGet A Polished Look For Summer
Let’s face it, after the cold harsh winter, your skin is likely to feel and look a little more like a crocodile’s than a baby’s. That’s where we step in! In July, come to the Spa at FFC for a quick and fantastic Body Polish for just $29 (normally $55). A finely ground coffee scrub invigorates and detoxifies skin, sloughing away dry, dead skin cells to leave you feeling soft and smooth. Having a body polish before an Ortanic Airbrush Tan guarantees a smoother all-over application of the tanning solution, allowing it to set more evenly. Also this month, upgrade your Ortanic Tan to a Deluxe for just $6 (normally $9), which includes pre-and-post-spray balancers that extend the life and beauty of your tan by ridding your skin of oils & dry spots and finally, “sealing” in the tan with a mist. Come over to the spa and we’ll give you just the look you need to put the wow in your summer wardrobe!

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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FREE NovaCare Injury Screenings

6-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyDo you have an injury that pops up now and again, or a persistent pain that won’t go away? Stop by one of Fitness Formula Clubs’ following locations for a complimentary injury screening, courtesy of NovaCare.

All locations’ screenings will be 5:30-7:30 pm, except Union Station:
Wednesday, July 2: Halsted Street
Tuesday, July 8: West Loop
Wednesday, July 9: Lincoln Park
Tuesday, July 22: East Lakeview
Wednesday, July 23: Union Station (11:30 am-1:30 pm)
Wednesday, July 23: South Loop

NovaCare physical therapists are running specialists!

Training for your first 5k, 10k, half, or even full marathon? Don’t fret—NovaCare is here to get you to the finish line injury-free!

Runners in the Chicago community have trusted our therapists to address their injuries and equip them with the tools they need to achieve their goals. With you in mind, here are a few tips to prevent those injuries and keep you running strong!

1) Rolling toys! Every runner should invest in a foam roll. It will become your best friend, or close to it! Foam rolling is a great way to achieve an improved range of motion and to decrease pain. It’s what we in the therapy world call “soft tissue mobilization.” How does it work? The connective tissue encompassing our muscles is called fascia . When fascia becomes restricted, it needs is a little TLC to help keep muscles nice and loose, alleviating pain, or preventing certain musculoskeletal injuries such as ITB Syndrome and Runner’s knee. The most common running injury is knee pain, and with proper use of a foam roll, a good massage helps loosen the otherwise tight connective tissue. We even recommend using a foam roll after a run. Foam rolling, combined with drinking plenty of water, will help release lactic acid, which builds up in your muscles after a run and causes soreness. Foam rolls are available for purchase at any of our NovaCare locations! Visit www.novacare.com/markets/chicagoland.aspx to find the location closest to you!

2) Stretching! When do you stretch? Before a run, afterward or both? Not all stretches are created equal! We recommend you perform dynamic/active stretches before running, followed by static or dynamic stretching after your runs. Proper stretching is designed to loosen, activate, and mobilize your muscles, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels, and all must be mobile for optimal performance! Think of it this way: we are three-dimensional creatures, so our tissues need to move and stretch in multiple directions. Stretching at different angles helps mobilize the entire muscle. Before you perform an activity, you need to alert your muscles to the task at hand. Doing active/dynamic stretching sets off the brain’s “task reminder.” Last but not least, never stretch into pain; listen to your body! Check out the stretches here: www.facebook.com/NovaCareChicago/photos_albums!

3) Strengthening! This is probably the most important tip. Remember, our bodies are three-dimensional, moving in multiple planes of movements. That’s why it’s important to strengthen all the muscles in your body. Specifically, we recommend balance, lateral gluteal work and core exercises. If you have a strong foundation and strong ankles, you reduce your risk of injury! Check out the recommended strengthening exercises here: www.facebook.com/NovaCareChicago/photos_albums!

4) Form Meets Function! Why do some people who use the foam roll and perform their core exercises still get injured? This is often the product of poor running form and running mechanics. Why not sign up for a Video Gait Analysis (VGA) at our FFC Union Station location, 444 W. Jackson Blvd., and find out how you could be a more efficient and injury-free runner? Call 312-407-0143 for more information on scheduling and costs.

5) Ice, Ice, baby. If something feels sore after a run, put some ice on it! Get a bag of frozen peas or put ice cubes in a Ziplock bag with some water and apply to the sore muscle or joint. Keep it there for 15 – 20 minutes. However, if pain or soreness persists, give us a call and we can help you out! Our injury hotline is here to provide you with answers and the recommended health care you need! Call 866-TRY-NOVA.

NovaCare is happy to provide the highest quality of care. Should you sustain an injury, trust NovaCare’s licensed physical therapists to offer unmatched compassion and expertise to help you return to running pain-free, and be ready to take on your next race with confidence!

Guest blog by Jason Garner, NovaCare Physical Therapist at FFC Union Station
NovaCare Rehabilitation


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New Pilates Space, Equipment, Instructor and Class!

7-East-Lakeview-best-chicago-pilates-studioFFC East Lakeview recently upgraded its Pilates studio from 250 to 450 square feet. Ten new pieces of equipment have been added to increase availability and programming. Welcome new instructor Justin Kam! Starting July 12, Justin will be adding a new class to the group apparatus schedule, Pilates Force Fusion, Saturdays at 1 pm. Contact Justin Kam at jkam@ffc.com for more info or to sign up!
There will also be a party to welcome Justin and celebrate the new space this month. Stay tuned for details!


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Happy Fourth of July!

american-flag-best-chicago-gymIt’s summer in Chicago. And it finally feels like it! Join us for a class or workout during modified holiday hours before your weekend of fireworks and festivities. Follow the links below if you need some extra ideas for fun to fill your weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8pm

Friday, July 4

  • 7am – 3pm: Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, South Loop
  • 7am – 5pm: East Lakeview, West Loop
  • Closed: Old Town, Union Station

Saturday, July 5

  • All clubs open at regular time

Where to watch the fireworks
Neighborhood festivals
The Sox are in town
Other things to do
And a few more


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Yoga by the Lake

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Back by popular demand!

Join FFC for Yoga by the Lake at Belmont Harbor. Classes run June 1 – August 31.

Tuesday nights from 7-8 PM
Sunday mornings 11-12 PM

These yoga classes are complimentary for members and non-members alike! What a great way to introduce your friends to one of the many FFC offerings.

Directions: Belmont Harbor – Make your way under Lake Shore Drive at the Addison walking tunnel, turn right and continue south. At the toll booth, turn left and continue on the outside of the Harbor until you reach the furthest point south.

Rain Delays/Cancellations: If it rains on the day/morning of your class, we will bring it inside. Tuesdays’ classes will be held at Halsted Street. Sundays’ classes will be held at East Lakeview. Contact the clubs for confirmation.


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Gifts for Athletes, Dads and Grads

Spa-best-Chicago-massageNot sure what to get those special people in your life?  Any athlete, Dad or Grad would be thrilled to have their hard work pay off with a relaxing massage or two.  Choose from Two: 60 Minute Massages for $145 or 90 Minutes for $199. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through June 30, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.


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Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Chicago-rock-n-roll-half-marathonFitness Formula Clubs is proud to be the Official Health Club of the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality. Join the fun on July 20th with 13.1 rockin miles through downtown Chicago, an epic finish in Grant Park and post race party with Cold War Kids. Not ready for a half marathon? Rock the 5K instead!
Save $10 on the half marathon with code FFCCHI and save $5 on the 5K with the code FFCCHI5K. We can’t wait to ROCK with you!

Click her to register: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago


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Summer Schedules

chicago-group-exerciseSummer is finally here and along with warmer temps comes our summer group fitness schedules. Interested in taking your workouts outdoors? So are we. Whether it is rooftop, pool deck or yoga by the lake get some vitamin D and join us for summertime sun salutations. For all updated group fitness schedules go to ffc.com/group-fitness, you can search by club, class or instructor. See you in class.


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Mellow Mama™ Special

best-pregnancy-massage-spa-chicagoEnjoy a complete body massage using specific pre-natal techniques and products to help relax, increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles and reduce excess water retention and stretch marks. The Mellow Mama™ treatment focuses on the specific muscles that are responsible for supporting the pregnant tummy. 75 Minutes for just $95. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Offer valid from June 15 – July 15, 2014. No two discounts apply.


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Race = Reward

Best-Chicago-Spa-MayThe FFC annual race-bib promotion starts in June. Bring in your bib from any race now through October 17, 2014 to receive $10 off a single 60 minute massage, or $15 off a single 90 minute massage. Each race bib will be recorded and may only be used once. You may bring in additional race bibs. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here.


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Earn a Free Ortanic Tan!

Ortanic-Best-chicago-airbrush-tanSummer is on its way and that means its Ortanic season! For a limited time only, refer three (3) friends and your next tan is FREE! Simply complete the referral form by clicking here, book your appointment, and we’ll take care of the rest!*

Have you seen our fun web series, The Ortanic Diaries, which tells the story of a young woman whose life is transformed by Ortanic? Watch it here.

*Applies only to valid, verifiable email addresses. Offer expires June 30, 2014. Limit one per customer. Free tan must be used by November 30, 2014.


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Athletes Village

athletes-village-best-chicago-gymFFC South Loop will act as complimentary gear check for members and non-members for select race events through the fall. Racers with a bib will have access to the club all day, and we will open earlier on those days to accommodate. After the race, we will have massage therapists and trainers on hand for stretching and to soothe your tired muscles. The cafe will provide discounts on food and smoothies for runners presenting bibs on race days.

We will host Athlete Village for the following races :

Sunday, Aug. 31 – Magnificent Mile Women’s Half Marathon (Open at 5:30 am)
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Ditka Dash 5k (Open at 6:30 am)
Sunday, Oct. 12 – Chicago Marathon (Open at 5 am)
Sunday, Nov. 9 – Hot Chocolate 15/5k (Open at 5:30 am)

Contact Kathleen Weber at kweber@ffc.com to secure your spot.


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Summer SLIM-DOWN Foods

Nutrition-Registered-Dietitian-Weight-lossWith summer season in full swing, we all desire to control cravings, banish belly bulge and de-buff that gut of ours to look good in a swimsuit. FFC friends, start adding one or all of these scrumptious slim-down foods into your daily health routine for that rocking bikini body we all crave.

Salmon
Why it’s slimming savvy: Omega-3 Fat
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show may help control appetite, increase calorie burning and decrease the amount of fat your body stores.

Watermelon
Why it’s slimming savvy: High water-content
Watermelon is 92% water. Research shows foods with high water-content may help you naturally eat hundreds calories less per meal.

Jicama
Why it’s slimming savvy: Soluble Fiber
This root-veggie is an excellent source of fiber. Belly-filling fiber stabilizes blood sugar, which helps to control cravings.
Bonus: High soluble-fiber intake strikes a blow to belly fat.

Avocado
Why it’s slimming savvy: MUFA’S
A diet rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids prevents central abdominal fat. Plus, research shows avocado-eaters have a lower BMI and smaller waist circumference than non avocado-eaters.

Grapefruit
Why it’s slimming savvy: Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes chronic fat storing around the belly section.

Grass-fed Organic Beef
Why it’s slimming savvy: CLA
Consistent CLA intake is linked to long-term weight management by lowering body fat. Grass-fed meats contain 3-5x higher CLA levels than grain-fed meats.

Coconut Oil
Why it’s slimming savvy: MCFA’s
Medium –chain fatty acids are easy for the body to digest; meaning the fat calories are utilized as a “quick” energy source without an insulin surge, allowing the body to burn fat.

Kombutcha
Why it’s slimming savvy: Fermentation
Kombutcha contains “beneficial” bacteria that helps keep your gut in check. Research declares a strong link between bad gut bacteria and weight gain.

Pineapple
Why it’s slimming savvy: Enzyme called bromelain
Bromelain found in pineapple aids in digestion and banishing bloating. The more a food is broken down during the digestion process, the less bloating we feel and the slimmer we look.

Ginger
Why it’s slimming savvy: Gingerols
Research suggests ginger plays a critical role in weight management by enhancing thermogenesis and reducing feelings of hunger post ginger consumption.
Bonus: Ginger reduces stress, which can result in less emotional eating.

Reach out to your Registered Dietitian, Jessica Dogert RD, LDN, CPT by email: jdogert@ffc.com or cell: (708) 351-9536 to help you craft simple recipes with the above slimming savvy foods.


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Scuba Certification

Scuba_bannerSo, you have the thirst for adventure!
Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools are organizing and guiding fundamental dive training. Full certification can be completed in as little as three days. Non-members welcome. All individuals considering enrollment must attend one of the following complimentary orientations.
Tuesday, June 3 at FFC Halsted
Wednesday, June 4 at FFC Union Station
Thursday, June 5 at FFC Lincoln Park

Module #1: Scuba Certification classroom and pool instruction will be held on Sunday, June 8 from 7:30am – 4pm at FFC Union Station. For more information or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick Lorenzen at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com.


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Summer Slim Down Challenge

Summer-Slim-Down-lose-weightAre you ready to lose weight and feel great this summer? We’ve got a 4 week jump-start plan for you to refresh your healthy eating habits and slim down for summer with daily tips and recipes. Meet with Registered Dietitian, Jessica Dogert, RD, LDN, CPT once a week for 4 weeks. First session is 60 minutes and each of the following weeks are 30 minute sessions. Learn summer slim down techniques and weigh in weekly. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com to get started for only $249.


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Pilates for Runners

Best-Chicago-Pilates-Studio-RunFor a runner, posture is one of the key ingredients to success and posture is very dependent on a strong core. Pilates exercises create a stronger, more flexible spine and core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips, shoulders and pelvis. This all adds up to more efficient movement and less chance of injury.
Join Pilates instructor James Dorfer for a complimentary workshop on Saturday, June 28 at 11am.
Contact James at jdorfer@ffc.com for more information.


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Garage Closure

NYPR Garage and all FFC Parking Spaces will be unavailable on Wednesday, June 11 from 8am to 5pm for power washing. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to improve your member experience.


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May Is Pilates Month, So Why Not Try A Class?

Pilates-lose-weight-fastPilates concentrates on strengthening your core, the foundation of your whole being. It also connects the mind and the body, yielding better results than workouts that concentrate only on the body.

FFC member Suzi shares, The thing about Pilates is that it grows with you.  As you become stronger, more flexible, and more skilled, it becomes more challenging.  My instructor Kristin guides each exercise to my specific level, increasing the intensity, strength, and skill along the way.  She is taking my fitness to a place I never thought it could be.  Kristin’s personalized approach comes through in her mat classes, as well as individual training.”

In celebration of National Pilates Month, FFC will be hosting complimentary events at several of our locations.  We invite you to experience what Pilates has to offer!

Schedule of Events

East Lakeview

  • Saturday, May 17, 12-2pm: Pilates Open House and Brunch
  • Sunday, May 18, 12-1pm: Pilates for Athletes

Halsted Street

  • Monday, May 12, 5-6pm: Pilates Core and Stability Challenge
  • Saturday, May 17, 11:45am-12:45pm: Pilates for Bad Backs
  • Thursday, May 29, 6-7pm: Pilates for Tight Muscles

Oak Park

  • Wednesday, May 21, 12-1:30pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Wednesday, May 28, 12:30-1:30pm: Pilates for Bad Backs

South Loop

  • Tuesday, May 13, 7:30-8:15am: Intro to Group Apparatus Class
  • Thursday, May 15, 7-8pm: Pilates for Runners
  • Monday, May 19, 7:30-8:15pm: Pilates Wunda Chair Class
  • Thursday, May 22, 6:30-7:15am: Cardio Jumpboard Class
  • Tuesday, May 27, 7-7:45pm: Intro to Pilates with Props Mat Class

Union Station

  • Monday, May 12, 11am-1pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Wednesday, May 14, 12-2pm: Pilates Open House
  • Wednesday, May 21, 12-1pm: Pilates for Runners

West Loop

  • Tuesday, May 13, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes
  • Tuesday, May 13, 12:15-1:15pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Tuesday, May 20, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes
  • Thursday, May 22, 12:15-1:15pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Tuesday, May 27, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes

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Memorial Day Weekend 2014 – CLUB HOURS

Monday, May 26

  • 8am – 2pm: Union Station
  • 7am – 5pm: Oak Park, Old Town
  • 7am – 7pm: East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, South Loop, and West Loop

Tuesday, May 27

  • Reopen 4:30am: East Lakeview, Halsted Street, Oak Park, South Loop, and West Loop
  • Reopen 5:00am: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and Union Station

 


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TriMonster Chicago Marathon Program

Running-first-marathon-weight-lossOnly 1% of the country has completed a marathon. Our Chicago marathon training program will help you join the select group of Americans that sought change in their lives or needed a goal to strive for.

We have the most comprehensive program in the Midwest and Chicago. Click here for complete details and to register.

 


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May Spa Specials

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The Race to the Spa is On!

Training for Soldier Field 10?  Chicago Triathlon?  Terrapin 5K?  Chicago Marathon?  Whether you’re prepping for a race or just running/swimming/cycling for exercise, don’t let muscle soreness or fatigue get in the way of keeping your training on track.

Buy three 60-minute massages of your choice for only $219. Plus, we’ll use a pain-relieving formula in your services to enhance the effects of your massage.

Your next massage is just as important as your next workout!

Package available for purchase May 1-31 and will expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here.

 

When To Get A Sports Massage 

People often ask about the differences between various massage modalities so that they may choose the service that best suits their immediate need.  One of the most common questions is “what is the difference between a sports massage and a deep tissue massage?”  We figured we’d help remove the guesswork for you when deciding.

Top 3 reasons to get a sports massage:

  1. You have a chronic pain from a specific athletic activity - Whether you’re a swimmer, cyclist, runner or lifter, over time and with age, pain from over/mis-use of muscles can result in muscle scar tissue that impedes mobility and flexibility.  Sports massage on specific targeted muscle groups will help to break up adhesions caused by repetitive use. Range of motion exercises, stretching and Swedish/deep tissue massage are all utilized during sports massage sessions for chronic pain.
  2. You’re training for a race or athletic event – While you’re logging miles for your upcoming event, your body needs stretching and flushing of lactic acid.  Muscle soreness, particularly in the quads, hamstrings, glutes and hips is common.  Regular sports massage will help keep you limber and reduce muscle and joint discomfort.
  3. You’ve just completed a race - In the hours and days after your event, your body will go through a series of recovery stages.  Immediately after the race, having a therapist perform a “sports flush” and some light stretching movements will speed your recovery time.  In the following days, massage will help ease the aches, pains and stiffness and is your reward for your athletic investment.

For most clients during the intake with your therapist, you and he/she can determine what service is best for you.  Often times a therapist will employ several different techniques into his or her massage so that you reap the maximum benefit.  Ask your spa therapist today if sports massage is right for you.

Book a sports massage online at www.ffc.com/spa.

 

 


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You Tone It… We Tan It!

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You’re working hard to tone up those abs, legs and arms!  We can enhance your skin’s tonicity with a custom contouring by Ortanic!  This month, check in for your Ortanic service on Facebook or Tweet about your visit for 10% off. Your skin will look its best and will have a glow without that orange color, funny smell or unsightly streaks!

Ortanic airbrush tanning is available at FFC Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Oak Park, and West Loop locations for all FFC Members and Non-Members.

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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May is Pilates Month!

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Pilates concentrates on strengthening your core, the foundation of your whole being. It also connects the mind and the body, yielding better results than workouts that concentrate only on the body.

Join us for the following complimentary events:

  • Saturday, May 17, 12-2pm Pilates Open House and Brunch
  • Sunday, May 18, 12-1pm Pilates for Athletes

Contact Rachel Sutter at rsutter@ffc.com for more details.

 


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Spa

Mothers-day-weight-lossShhhhh… Mom’s the Word!  Surprise the special women in your life or reward yourself with a wonderful spa package for Mother’s Day.  Choose from the following:

  • Twice the Love:  Two 60-Minute Massages of your choice for $139 or
    Two 90-Minute Massages of your choice for $189
  • Mama-to-Be:  75-Minute Mellow Mama Massage + 45-Minute Yummy Tummy Treatment for $159

Still can’t decide what to get mom? An FFC gift card is the perfect choice, every time! Restrictions apply.  See the Front Desk for details, or purchase online here.

For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through May 11, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.

 


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Weight Loss

Best-Chicago-weight-loss-trainerFitness Formula Clubs has been helping people overcome challenges and lose weight for 30 years.  The best weight loss results are achieved through a combination of good exercise, healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Our programs are designed to optimize fat loss and maintain lean muscle mass as you drop those unwanted pounds and inches.

Are you are interested in losing weight and keeping it off?  Contact Scott at sl@ffc.com, and he will help find the best solution for you!


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